Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - A new, innovative, fun and free way to visit all of the tourist attractions in the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta was introduced this week - and it's called the 'Turicleto.' This sustainable vehicle, which is powered by the energy produced while pedaling, has an approximate capacity of 20 people, ten of whom are working the pedals that make the Turicleto move.
"It is an honor for the Government of Puerto Vallarta to present to all of you a fun and interactive new way to enjoy our city: El Turicleto. We know that our tourist vocation drives us to be innovative, to be in tune with nature and to diversify the attractions in the first block of the heart of Puerto Vallarta," asserted the Mayor when giving the official introduction to the new vehicle.
Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña acknowledged the initiative of the Municipal Tourism Directorate, led by Ramón González Lomelí, as well as the talent of the young student, Hari Sahib Noé Lara Muñoz, who designed and created this sustainable vehicle that allows tourists, accompanied by a bilingual tour guide, to enjoy a new experience while exercising and learning about the culture of the city, constituting a novel attraction for visitors.
Dávalos Peña said that this new tourist attraction joins the efforts made by this administration to rescue and revitalize the city center, having undertaken various activities in areas such as Hidalgo and Lázaro Cárdenas Parks and the Plaza de Armas, in addition to the installation of scenic lighting on the Malecón and reinforcement of public lighting throughout the city center; as well as the colorful installation of decorated letters that spell "Puerto Vallarta," which has been very successful in providing national and international promotion to this destination.
He explained that there are other proposals such as this one, such as a little train that would travel from the Malecón to Lazaro Cardenas Park, which would also provide passengers with accountings of the city's attractions and history.
For his part, the Municipal Tourism Director, Ramón González Lomelí, announced that the World Tourism Organization declared 2017 The Year Of Sustainable Tourism, and by instructions from the mayor, all mechanisms are sought to ensure that Puerto Vallarta stays within the margins of this program.
He pointed out that there will be two daily tours, at 9 am and 12 pm, each accompanied by a bilingual guide. The vehicle has harnesses for user safety and spaces for water bottles. Though the ride is free, voluntary contributions are requested to keep the vehicle self-sustaining, which would include maintenance and economic support for the guides.
In the commissioning of this new attraction, the Mayor was accompanied by the regional director of Tourism of the state, Ludwig Estrada Virgen; General Brigadier D.E.M. Crisóforo Martínez Parra, Chief of Staff of the 41st Military Zone; The creator of the project, Hari Sahib Noah Lara Muñoz, city councilors, officials and representatives from different business chambers and social sectors of the port.Original article translated and edited by María Francesca for BanderasNews.com.